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Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Evadne Coye, has lauded Newton Marshall for becoming the first Jamaican to brave the Yukon Quest 1,000-mile International Dog Sled competition.
“Newton has shown the indomitable spirit which has brought Jamaicans so much acclaim internationally. We are proud of his accomplishments, having flown the Jamaican flag honourably and with such acclaim,” said the High Commissioner, who had been following the race closely since it began on February 14 in Canada’s Yukon Territories with 29 mushers.
“I believe all Jamaicans across Canada will join me in congratulating him for his tremendous exploits and wish him all the best in the future,” she said.Mr. Marshall placed 13 out of 18 mushers to complete the race, which finished in Alaska, United States of America. Eleven mushers were “scratched” from the race, as they did not finish. Mr. Marshall completed the race in just under 12 days, crossing the finish line on February 26, two days after the first-place finisher. The last place finisher came in on February 28, four days after the winner and two days after Mr. Marshall.
At the awards ceremony and banquet, held on February 28, Mr. Marshall captured the ‘Challenge of the North’ award, which is awarded by race marshals and judges.
Speaking with JIS News, Media representative with the Yukon Quest, Dee Enright, said the ‘Challenge of the North’ award goes to the musher “who best exemplifies the spirit of the Yukon Quest, exhibiting the ability to challenge and persevere to overcome obstacles.”
She said Mr. Marshall garnered a lot of excitement and anticipation as this was the first time that someone from a tropical country was participating in the race, which sometimes saw temperatures dipping to minus 40 degrees Celsius.
“I knew he would persevere and finish, because he had the commitment and as he said his coach, Hans Gatt, a multiple Yukon champion told him that scratching was not an option,” said Ms. Enright.
The Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race was first run in 1984. It has 26 checkpoints on the trail and crosses four mountain ranges, rivers and creeks, running from Canada to the United States. Every other year the start and finish alternate between the two countries.”,2009-03-08 16:00:00″

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